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BRAINSTORMING: Erin Searle explains waste and recycling practices to students at Columboola Environmental Education Centre.
BRAINSTORMING: Erin Searle explains waste and recycling practices to students at Columboola Environmental Education Centre. Contributed

SCHOOL students from across the region recently gained ample tips on how to make their school and home more environmentally friendly simply by taking the initiative during an Expanding Horizons Extension Camp.

The camp was held last week at the Columboola Environmental Education Centre.

As part of the camp Earth Smart Science education program, Western Downs Regional Council delivered interactive hands-on waste workshops arranged around the themes of reducing waste to landfill, recycling and keeping recyclable material contamination free.

Councillor Greg Olm, the spokesman for environment and health, said council's waste section had engaged waste education specialist EnviroCom to facilitate several presentations and group activities over the two days.

Cr Olm said the workshops formed part of delivering Council's Waste Education Strategy 2010-2020.

"The sessions were a great opportunity to promote the importance of reducing waste to landfill and to spread the message about the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling waste to students so that they can take it back to school as well as take home," he said.

Cr Olm said the workshops helped the students become more aware of various waste and recycling practices and the camp as a whole improved their understanding of environmental issues.

"The students specifically learnt about the importance of separating general waste and recyclable items, how to undertake composting and worm farming and how these all benefit the environment," he said.

"During the sessions the students got to brainstorm ideas and really think about how they could improve recycling efforts and reduce waste in their homes and at school."

Topics:  education environment